The Strange & Silly Side of LA

14 November 2016
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Los Angeles is known for all things glitz and glamour. Yet there is another side to the sunny Southern California city that adds quirk and fun to its repertoire of entertainment. From a glass slide wrapping around a skyscraper to picnics in an abandoned zoo, here’s a roundup of fun and silly stops in LA.


Imagine sliding down a glass slide on the outside of LA’s tallest skyscraper. Yep, that’s right. 70 floors above the ground you can slide down 13 meters on the outside of the building to the floor below, with nothing but glass between you and 300 meters fall to the ground. Located in (or rather attached to) the US Bank Tower, you can pay to go on the slide if you dare.


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The Magic Castle

Release your inner magician at this unusual LA institution. A maze of hidden chambers, sliding bookcases and mysterious stairwells, the Magic Castle is also an entertainment centre, showing off magical tricks from near and far. The only way to get access however is to be a member, get an invite from a member or book a room at the Magic Castle Hotel.



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The Mosaic Tile House

A bit like a coral reef-cum-house, this building is entirely covered from floor to ceiling in mosaic tiles. Architectural masterpiece or art work, however you want to describe it, the Mosaic House is a quirky place to make a pit stop when in Venice.


A work of art

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Time Travel Mart

If ever there was a silly store, it’s this one. Time Travel Mart is your one stop shop for sourcing goods from whatever time period you please. Find dinosaur eggs, a conquistador helmet, a portable wormhole, or five more minutes on your expired parking meter at this store for time travelers.


#timetravelmart #losangeles #echopark

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Los Angeles Derby Dolls

Girls skating around a rink in fish nets and short skirts; it’s actually not quite what you think. The Los Angeles Derby Dolls is LA’s all-female roller derby league. They may dress in pretty outfits but these girls are by no means shy and polite. Roller derby is a fierce sport providing high energy entertainment, accompanied by DJ beats and food from some of LA’s best food trucks.

Picnic In An Abandoned Zoo

A little bit strange, eerie and entertaining, the site of the very first LA Zoo is now a public park, where you can picnic inside a former animal enclosure. Explore where the animals used to roam, get a zoo keeper’s view of the lion enclosure and enjoy a BBQ inside a bear cave, the Griffith Park canyon is certainly an entertaining and unique day out in LA.

Vicki Fletcher

A writer and photographer for Flight Centre, Vicki loves road trips down unknown tracks, hiking into mountain ranges, following locals to the best food in town, and spending long afternoons people watching in city squares. She's written for publications across Australia and Europe. Top travel tip: always look up. Follow Vicki on Instagram @vickijanefletcher.